January 13, 2012
Sanya Sofitel scheduled for completion in fall 2012
Sanya Sofitel is a 470 key resort hotel under construction at Haitang Bay near Sanya on Hainan Island. The hotel is set in extensive landscaping on a 190,000 sq m beachfront site. There are 57 luxury Villas also being constructed on the site with the total GFA of the Hotel and Villas being 53, 785 sq m.
The approach to the resort is via a tree-lined entry road winding up a slope to the main entry courtyard which is elevated above road level to give views out to the west and to enhance the arrival experience.
Upon entering the hotel lobby through the courtyard wall, the view opens up across a series of pools stepping down through the landscape to the beach and ocean beyond. The Resort Hotel has been designed along a north-south axis in two 9 storey and one 8 storey building connected to the lobby at the ground level. This layout ensures that the majority of the rooms have sea views. It has a mixture of standard rooms of 50 sq m and suites. All rooms have balconies.
The roof level has four Sky Villa Suites, a Chairman's Suite, a Presidential Suite, and a special "Star Chamber" function room, all with spectacular views of the South China Sea. Twelve resort villas of two sizes (100 sq m or 190 sq m each) are located in landscaping adjacent the main hotel building.
Conference facilities include a 1,000 sq m ballroom, meeting and function rooms and a large pre-function area around a central landscaped courtyard. The conference centre is connected to the hotel but has a separate drop-off and entry. For dining, there is a Chinese restaurant, a Thai restaurant, a poolside restaurant, pool bar, beach bar as well as all day dinning beside an ornamental pool.
Recreational facilities include a gym, tennis court and 4 swimming pools stepping down in landscape in an easterly direction from the hotel to provide an interesting access to the beach. The spa at the lower ground level of the hotel has its own separate entry and can also be accessed by guests directly from the hotel. It looks out over a large reflection pool in a quieter area of the site.
There are 57 private villas, ranging in size from 238 sq m to 662 sq m, located on the east side of the hotel towards the beach front and on the north and south of the hotel pool area with private access from the main road.
The private villas are freestanding two storey buildings comprising beachfront, garden and seaview villas, each luxuriously appointed and with vehicular access from the private road. Each has elevated roof decks with views and ground level outdoor entertaining areas.
Designed by the P&T Group, completion of the Sanya Hainan Bay Hotel and Villa project is due in late 2012.